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The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection: Classic United States and Hawaii continued...

1860-61 Transcontinental Pony Express, cont. continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
179   ImageWells Fargo & Co., $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Full to large margins showing trace of adjacent stamp at top, trace of circular datestamp at right, small crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate, appears Extremely Fine, one of the finest of the small population of used $1.00 Garter stamps (without the red pen line), ex Kuphal, with 2020 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $1,400.00
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180 og ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Large margins, cancelled by single wavy-line pen stroke, thins and large adherence, appears Very Fine, a rare stamp in any condition, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $850.00
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181   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Position 20 from bottom right corner of the sheet, red pen line across shield, large margins showing parts of all four dividing crosses, Pony Ex” written in bottom margin, Extremely Fine, wonderful quality and very rare in this condition (Image)

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$ 300.00

SOLD for $800.00
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182   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Red vertical pen line across shield, ample to large margins, Very Fine and choice, ex Fekete, with 1960 and 2014 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 300.00

SOLD for $800.00
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183 c ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, ($1.00) Red Type II East-to-West Frank, 10c Green on Thin Hard White Entire (unlisted in Scott). Printed address to the Agent of Pony Express, St. Joseph, Mo.” and handwritten address to J. W. Wilde at San Francisco, New-York Oct. 23” (1861) circular datestamp, opening tear at upper right expertly repaired, lightly cleaned with other minor edge improvements

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LAST FRANKED PONY EXPRESS ENVELOPES SENT TO ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI, BUT RECEIVED AFTER THE TERMINATION OF PONY EXPRESS SERVICE. A FASCINATING QUASI-PONY” COVER THAT WAS CARRIED BY STAGECOACH.

The chart in our Stockholmia pamphlet on the Pony Express (available as a PDF on our website) contains information about the advancement of the eastern and western telegraph terminals. On August 6, 1861, the San Francisco Bulletin printed over its dispatches, By telegraph to Fort Kearney from St. Louis, thence by Pony Express to Robert’s Creek Station, thence by telegraph to San Francisco.” In the August 13, 1861, edition, the same paper reported that the Pony Express rider was leaving his dispatches for the Bulletin and other Pacific Coast newspapers at Dry Creek station. By the beginning of September, hundreds of miles were cut from the distance between telegraph terminals on the Pony route. The eastern section of the telegraph was completed on October 17, 1861, and just one week later the final connection was made on October 24.

As soon as messages could be sent by wire, the need for the Pony Express was eliminated, and the Overland Mail Company was contractually free to discontinue the money-losing service. The last trip from San Francisco left on October 23. On October 25 the Wells Fargo & Co. office in San Francisco announced that the Last Pony coming this way left Atchison, Kansas, yesterday [October 24].” They probably received that news by wire.

A few westbound covers are recorded that arrived in Saint Joseph after the October 24 trip departed. The letters bagged at St. Joseph for the October 27 and 31 trips were probably carried part or all of the way by regular mail stagecoach, because they arrived in San Francisco on November 18 and 21, in line with the usual 20-day transit time by stage.

FKW Census W69. Trip WT-152 (FKW likely carried by stage”). Ex Twigg-Smith (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
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184 P ImageSan Francisco Running Pony Handstamp. Proof strike on paper, faint creases, a rare posthumous strike from the original device, ex Alyeska” (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $275.00
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185 Pbl ImageWells Fargo & Co., 10c-$4.00 Pony Express 1897 Reprint, Black Plate Proof on Wove (143L1P/143L9P). Complete sheet with defaced $4.00 column at left, margins reduced from full-size but still large, light creases including vertical thru 25c row, top left stamp small tear, appears Very Fine, rare, this is only the third example we have offered in more than 25 years (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,500.00
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186   ImagePony Express, Balance. (143L2/143L9). Unused stamps include one $4.00 Green (143L2), three $2.00 Green (143L4), two $4.00 Black (143L5), also single examples of the Virginia City Pony stamps (143L7-143L9), used includes one $1.00 Red (143L3) with clear strike of blue Wells Fargo & Co. San Francisco oval datestamp, a few small flaws to be expected, overall Fine-Very Fine or appear so, also includes proof strike of San Francisco Running Pony Handstamp with APR 60” anniversary date on piece of gummed paper with some faults, a rare posthumous strike from the original device, Scott Retail not counting the last item $2,645.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
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187   Pony Express, Forgeries. Single album containing an wide array of forgeries as well as correspondence between collectors and dealers on the subject of the Pony Express, probably more than 200 items in total covering the Running Pony stamps and the Garter stamp, includes a few genuine unused stamps as well and some cancel cuts, also many photographs for plating purposes, a fascinating study which originates with Ambassador Middendorf’s original Carriers and Locals collection from the 1950s

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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